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The Daily Chop: Freddie Freeman makes donation, third base competition and more

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Lots of injury updates around Major League Baseball including bad news for a former Atlanta prospect.

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On Tuesday all 30 Major League teams donated $1 million to assist workers impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Wednesday, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman continued with the good deeds pledging $125,000 to Atlanta area shelters and programs to help combat the Coronavirus epidemic. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Freeman will donate $50,000 to Atlanta Food Bank, $50,000 to Giving Kitchen and $25,000 to the Salvation Army.

A nice gesture by Freeman and hopefully more Braves players will follow with additional donations.

More Braves News

We kicked off our post-spring roundtable series with a look at the Braves’ third base situation. Who should get the first crack at holding down the third base job? Austin Riley or Johan Camargo?

ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle ranks the MLB stars that it would be most shocking to see in a new uniform. No Braves made the cut but I am listing it here because Freeman is a glaring omission.

MLB News

The Detroit Tigers announced Wednesday that former Braves’ prospect Joey Wentz underwent successful Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss 14-16 months. The Braves dealt Wentz to the Tigers at the trade deadline last summer in the Shane Greene trade. Wentz was Detroit’s No. 8 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. He came to big-league camp as a non-roster invitee but was sidelined early with a forearm strain.

Outfielder Yoelqui Cespedes was officially declared a free agent on Wednesday and is free to sign with a Major League team according to a report by MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Cespedes is the younger half-brother of Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and is ranked No. 1 on MLB.com’s Top 30 International Prospects List.

Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has begun a throwing program at the team’s spring complex according to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier. This is Sale’s first action since he was diagnosed with a flexor strain earlier this month.

Cardinals’ right-hander Miles Mikolas has also resumed throwing after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection for a strained flexor tendon last month. Mikolas is progressing and is now expected to be ready once the season resumes.

Pushing Opening Day back has also bought Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton some additional time and he is expected to be ready to go whenever baseball resumes. Stanton suffered a strained right calf in late February.